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    Unhappy Q9550 EP45-DS4P unstable @ stock

    Originally posted at Q9550 EP45-DS4P unstable @ stock - XtremeSystems Forums

    I can't get this rig to run and pass stability tests even at stock speeds/settings, I've had the system for ~3 months.

    I'd been having strange sporadic hangs and BSODS in 3D games for some time now (I play WoW 99.99% of the time), thought it was ATI 8.11 driver related, and then decided to rule out hardware: running OCCT on RAM test crashes after ~1-3m. IntelBurnTest (Linpack) fails consistently on any number of runs. Prime 95 on "large" also fails. Memtest86 passes standard testing on single sticks with 9-16 passes and passes on both sticks with ~20 passes.

    Noticed that in CPU-Z my reported Core speed varies between 2832.9-2833.8, bus speed varies between 333 and 333.3, plus rated FSB varies between 1333.1 and 1333.5. Multiplier stays rock steady at x8.5. This is also shown in OCCT. Not sure if that's an issue, but may be important. This is with EIST disabled. Seems like my clocks aren't stable?

    I've reseated the TRUE120, applied fresh AS5 TIM and thoroughly cleaned the HSF fins, every edge conector (RAM & GPU), reseated every connector and dusted & vacuumed the whole board and all components. I've also removed the battery, drained the CMOS and reflashed with the F8 BIOS.

    I built a virgin install of Vista 64 on a seperate HDD (and no patches or drivers of any kind loaded except the standard Vista install), same problem. Also tested with an old ATI 850XT PCIE video card and an ancient S3 PCI video card. No difference.

    The BIOS is set to "fail-safe defaults", the only changes I made were:
    - DRAM Voltage: 2.1v (Corsair DHX RAM)
    - CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E): Disabled
    - CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) : Disabled
    - CPU EIST Function: Disabled
    - SATA RAID/AHCI Mode: RAID
    - Sata Port0-3 Native Mode: Enabled
    - USB Keyboard Support: Enabled
    - USB Mouse Support: Enabled

    Hardware is:
    Code:
    Gigabyte EP45-DS4P F8 BIOS
    Q9550
    TRUE 120 Black with 2xScythe Ultra Kaze (pull & push cfg at ~1900 RPM) Arctic silver 5 TIM
    Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX (4-4-4-12-2T@2.1V)
    Sapphire 4870x2 
    Hard Drive # 1 WDC WD1500HLFS-01G6U0 Velociraptor RAID 0 
    Hard Drive # 2 WDC WD1500HLFS-01G6U0 Velociraptor RAID 0 
    Hard Drive # 3 WDC WD4000AAKS-00TMA0 RAID 5 
    Hard Drive # 4 WDC WD4000AAKS-00TMA0 RAID 5 
    Hard Drive # 5 WDC WD4000AAKS-00TMA0 RAID 5 
    ASUS DRW-1608P Optical Drive (IDE connection)
    Antec twelve Hundred case + 2 optional 120mm tricolors (at ~1800 RPM), all front, rear and top fans set to full
    Antec TruePower Quattro 1KW
    Realtek azalia (onboard)
    Scythe Kazemaster (hooked up to HSF1, HSF2, GPU side and GPU front fans all running on full) - usual temps are 25C underneath the MOBO between case and HSF backing plate, 22C on middle Veliciraptor, 32C on the GPU near the front leading edge & 23C 1" above the PSU in mid air
    Samsung 2693HM VDU
    Logitech G15 Kbd
    Logitech MX Revolution rodent (wireless connected via G15)
    Logitech Z5500D speakers (coax connection)
    WoW rodent mat :-)
    Vista 64 Ultimate - fully patched as at 2008-12-07
    The following is an indicative run of OCCT, the Code 4 can be on any of the cores:



    Thread0.txt code : 1
    Thread1.txt code : 1
    Thread2.txt code : 4
    Thread2.txt code : 1

    Code:
    Code 1 : The thread stopped because another thread has stopped
    Code 2 : User interruption (Off button clicked)
    Code 3 : Not enough memory to run the test 
    Code 4 : Calculation error detected

















    The 12V has always looked odd in Hardware Monitor and in any pgm I use except for EasyTune6 & the BIOS where it displays ~12V.

    Ambient room temps are 16-24C.

    Any ideas?

    Thank you!

    Arc.

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    Default Re: Q9550 EP45-DS4P unstable @ stock

    Full BIOS settings are:

    Code:
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    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster: Auto (options are Auto, Fast, Turbo)
    CPU Clock Ratio: 8x (options are min 6, max 8)
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio: +0.5 (options are +0.0, +0.5)
    CPU Frequency: 2.83GHz (333x8.5)
    
    **Clock Chip Control**
    >>Standard Clock Control
    CPU Host Clock Control: Disabled
    CPU Host Frequency (Mhz): 333
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz): Auto (options are Auto, 93 to 150)
    C.I.A.2: Disabled (options are Disabled, Cruise, Sports, Racing, Turbo, Full Thrust)
    
    >>Advanced Clock Control
    CPU Clock Drive: 700mV (options are 700, 800, 900, 1000mV)
    PCI Express Clock Drive: 700mV (options are 700, 800, 900, 1000mV)
    CPU Clock Skew (ps): 0 (options are 0, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650, 700, 750ps)
    MCH Clock Skew (ps): 0 (options are 0, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650, 700, 750ps)
    
    **DRAM Performance Control**
    Performance Enhance: Turbo (options are Standard, Turbo, Extreme)
    Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.): Auto (options are Auto, Profile2, Disabled)
    (G)MCH Frequency Latch: Auto (options are 266, 200, 333, 400MHz, Auto)
    System Memory Multiplier (SPD): Auto (options are Auto, 2.00B, 2.40B, 3.20B, 4.00B, 2.00D, 2.66D, 3.33D, 2.66C, 3.33C, 4.00C, 2.50A, 3.00A, 4.00A)
    Memory Frequency (Mhz): 800
    Dram Timing Selectable (SPD): Auto
    >>Standard Timing Control
    DRAM Timing Selectable: Auto
    CAS Latency Time: 4 (detected as 4, options are Auto, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
    tRCD: 4 (detected as 4, options are min 0, max 15)
    tRP: 4  (detected as 4, options are min 0, max 15)
    tRAS: 12 (detected as 12, options are min 0, max 63)
    >>Advanced Timing Control
    
    tRRD: Auto (detected as 3, options are min 0, max 15)
    tWTR: Auto (detected as 3, options are min 0, max 31)
    tWR: Auto (detected as 8, options are min 0, max 31)
    tRFC: Auto (detected as 52, options are min 0, max 255)
    tRTP: Auto (detected as 3, options are min 0, max 15)
    Command Rate (CMD): Auto (detected as 0, options are min 0, max 3)
    
    >>Channel A
    Channel A Timing Settings
    Static tRead Value: Auto (detected as 7, options are min 0, max 15)
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment: Auto (detected as 0, options are Auto, 0-Normal, 1-Advanced)
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment: Auto (detected as 0, options are Auto, 0-Normal, 1-Advanced)
    tRD Phase2 Adjustment: Auto (detected as 0, options are Auto, 0-Normal, 1-Advanced)
    tRD Phase3 Adjustment: Auto (detected as 0, options are Auto, 0-Normal, 1-Advanced)
    Trd2rd(Different Rank): Auto (detected as 6, options are min 0, max 15)
    Twr2wr(Different Rank): Auto (detected as 6, options are min 0, max 15)
    Twr2rd(Different Rank): Auto (detected as 5, options are min 0, max 15)
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank): Auto (detected as 8, options are min 0, max 15)
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control: Auto (options are Auto +100ps, +200ps, +300ps, +400ps, +500ps, +600ps, +700ps, +800ps, -100ps, -200ps, -300ps, -400ps, -500ps, -600ps, -700ps)
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control: Auto (options are Auto +100ps, +200ps, +300ps, +400ps, +500ps, +600ps, +700ps, +800ps, -100ps, -200ps, -300ps, -400ps, -500ps, -600ps, -700ps)
    DDR Write Training: Auto (options are Auto, Enabled, Disabled)
    
    Channel A Driving Settings
    Driving Strength Profile: Auto (options are Auto, 667, 800, 1066, OC-1200, OC-1333)
    Data Driving Pull-Up level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    Cmd Driving Pull-Up level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    Ctrl Driving Pull-Up level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    
    Clk Driving Pull-Down level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    Data Driving Pull-Down level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    Cmd Driving Pull-Down level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    Ctrl Driving Pull-Down level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    Clk Driving Pull-Down level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    
    >>Channel B
    Channel B Timing Settings
    Static tRead Value: Auto (detected as 7, options are min 0, max 15)
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment: Auto (detected as 0, options are Auto, 0-Normal, 1-Advanced)
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment: Auto (detected as 0, options are Auto, 0-Normal, 1-Advanced)
    tRD Phase2 Adjustment: Auto (detected as 0, options are Auto, 0-Normal, 1-Advanced)
    tRD Phase3 Adjustment: Auto (detected as 0, options are Auto, 0-Normal, 1-Advanced)
    Trd2rd(Different Rank): Auto (detected as 6, options are min 0, max 15)
    Twr2wr(Different Rank): Auto (detected as 6, options are min 0, max 15)
    Twr2rd(Different Rank): Auto (detected as 5, options are min 0, max 15)
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank): Auto (detected as 8, options are min 0, max 15)
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control: Auto (options are Auto +100ps, +200ps, +300ps, +400ps, +500ps, +600ps, +700ps, +800ps, -100ps, -200ps, -300ps, -400ps, -500ps, -600ps, -700ps)
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control: Auto (options are Auto +100ps, +200ps, +300ps, +400ps, +500ps, +600ps, +700ps, +800ps, -100ps, -200ps, -300ps, -400ps, -500ps, -600ps, -700ps)
    DDR Write Training: Auto (options are Auto, Enabled, Disabled)
    
    Channel B Driving Settings
    Driving Strength Profile: Auto (options are Auto, 667, 800, 1066, OC-1200, OC-1333)
    Data Driving Pull-Up level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    Cmd Driving Pull-Up level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    Ctrl Driving Pull-Up level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    
    Clk Driving Pull-Down level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    Data Driving Pull-Down level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    Cmd Driving Pull-Down level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    Ctrl Driving Pull-Down level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    Clk Driving Pull-Down level: Auto (options are Auto, +1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, -1)
    
    **Motherboard Voltage Control
    >> CPU
    CPU Vcore: Auto (detected as 1.13750V, options are auto, normal, 0.50000v to 2.30000V)
    CPU Termination: Auto (detected as 1.200v , options are auto, normal, 0.800v to 1.800V)
    CPU PLL: Auto (detected as 1.5v, options are auto, normal, 1.100v to 2.800V)
    CPU Reference: Auto (detected as 0.760v, options are auto, normal, 0.440v to 1.000V)
    CPU Reference2: Auto (detected as 0.800V, options are auto, normal, 0.440v to 1.000V)
    >>MCH/ICH
    MCH Core: Auto (detected as 1.100V, options are auto, normal, 0.800v to 1.800V)
    MCH Reference: Auto (detected as 0.760V, options are auto, normal, 0.445v to 1.015V)
    MCH/DRAM Reference: Auto (detected as 0.900V, options are auto, normal, 0.590v to 1.850V)
    ICH I/O: Auto (detected as 1.500V, options are auto, normal, 1.000v to 2.300V)
    ICH Core: Auto (detected as 1.100V, options are auto, normal, 0.800v to 1.800V)
    >>DRAM
    +++++DRAM Voltage: 2.1v (detected as 1.800V, options are auto, normal, 1.400V to 3.060V)
    DRAM Termination: Auto (detected as 0.9v, options are auto, normal, 0.770v to 1.475V)
    Channel A Reference: Auto (detected as 0.9v, options are auto, normal, 0.590v to 1.850V)
    Channel B Reference: Auto (detected as 0.9v, options are auto, normal, 0.590v to 1.850V)
    
    ----------------
    Advanced Settings
    ...
    HDD Smart Capability: Disabled
    Limit CPUID Max. to 3: Disabled
    No-Execute Memory Protect: Enabled
    +++++CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E): Disabled
    +++++CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) : Disabled
    +++++CPU EIST Function: Disabled
    Virtualization Technology: Enabled
    ...
    
    ----------------
    Integrated Peripherals
    ...
    +++++SATA RAID/AHCI Mode: RAID
    +++++Sata Port0-3 Native Mode: Enabled
    Legacy USB Storage Detect: Enabled
    +++++USB Keyboard Support: Enabled
    +++++USB Mouse Support: Enabled
    ...
    
    ----------------
    Power Management Setup
    ACPI Suspend Type: S3(STR)
    ACPI LED Control: Enabled
    Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN: Instant-Off
    PME Event Wake up: Enabled
    Power on by ring: enabled
    Resume by alarm: Disabled
    HPET Support: Disabled
    HPET Mode: Disabled (options are 32 or 64bit)
    ...
    
    ----------------
    Pnp/PCI Configuration
    Resources Controlled By: Auto
    PCI latency Timer (CLK): 32
    PCI1 IRQ assignment: Auto
    
    ----------------
    PC Health Status
    Vcore 1.108V
    DDR18V 2.112V
    +3.3V 3.312V
    +5V 5.053V
    +12V 12.239V
    Current System Temp 31C
    Current CPU Temp 22C

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    Default Re: Q9550 EP45-DS4P unstable @ stock

    Sorry for the late reply, I have been backup up the past few days.

    Yes, small fluctuations like you mention are normal

    You should start by loading optimized defaults, not fail safe and then set your ram voltage only and save/apply/reboot BACK to the BIOS as you will need to set ALL settings again including your SATA/Disk settings.

    12V will likely be wrong in many apps. I use Everest Ultimate and Easytune, it should be correct in those

    Please give me a link to your specific ram, but for now this would be optimal stock ranges for your setup once you load optimized defaults >>>

    Code:
    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster ...............: Auto or Fast
    CPU Clock Ratio ..........................: 8
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio.....................:.5
    CPU Frequency ...........................: 2.83
    
    
    Clock Chip Control 
    Standard Clock Control
    CPU Host Clock Control..................: [Enabled] 
    CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) ............: 333Mhz
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) .........:Set to 100
    
    C.I.A.2 .................................:[Disabled]
    
    
    Advanced Clock Control [Press Enter]
    CPU Clock Drive...........................: <<< 800
    PCI Express Clock Drive.................: <<< 900
    CPU Clock Skew (ps)....................: <<< 0
    MCH Clock Skew (ps)...................: <<< 50-150 May help with stability 
    
    
    DRAM Performance Control
    Performance Enhance...................: [STANDARD]
    Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.).....: Disabled
    (G)MCH Frequency Latch...............: [Auto]
    System Memory Multiplier ..............: 2.40B
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) ..............: 800
    DRAM Timing Selectable ................: [Manual]
    
    Standard Timing Control
    CAS Latency Time........................4
    tRCD .........................................4
    tRP'...........................................4
    tRAS..........................................12
    
    Advanced Timing Control
    tRRD...........................................3-5
    tWTR..........................................3-6 (See below comment)
    tWR............................................4-6 (May need 14 first time you set, then go right to lower ranges)
    
    tRFC...........................................52-62 (May need 68 First time set)
    tRTP...........................................3-5
    Command Rate (CMD) ....................:2
    
    Driving Strength Profiles
    Driving Strength ............................800/1066
    
    Channel A
    Static tRead Value.........................:6/7-10 333/B MCH - 8/9-12 400/D MCH
     tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:<<< Leave for all below as well
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment...................:Auto
     tRD Phase2 Adjustment .................:Auto
     tRD Phase3 Adjustment..................:Auto
    Trd2rd(Different Rank)....................:Auto 
    Twr2wr(Different Rank)...................:Auto 
    Twr2rd(Different Rank)...................:Auto 
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank)..................:Auto 
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto  ps
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto  ps
    
    Channel B
    Static tRead Value.........................:6/7-10 333/B MCH - 8/9-12 400/D MCH
     tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:<<< Leave for all below as well
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment...................:Auto
     tRD Phase2 Adjustment .................:Auto
     tRD Phase3 Adjustment..................:Auto
    Trd2rd(Different Rank)....................:Auto 
    Twr2wr(Different Rank)...................:Auto 
    Twr2rd(Different Rank)...................:Auto 
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank)..................:Auto 
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto  ps
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto  ps
    
    Motherboard Voltage Control
    Voltage Type.………... Manual
    CPU
    CPU Vcore….……….........................: Auto
    CPU Termination…..... 1.200V*.......: <<< Leave if not overclocking, once overclocking 1.2-1.38
    
    CPU PLL…………………....1.500V*.......: << Leave if not overclocking, once overclocked Please set to stock, Auto overvolts this way to much
    
    CPU Referen.…………....0.755V*.......: <<< .64% Of Vtt (Termination above) Auto Will set this correctly 
    
    CPU Reference2………,,0.800V*.......:<<< .67% Of Vtt (Termination above) Auto Will set this correctly 
    
    MCH/ICH
    MCH Core…………….....1.100V...........: << 1.2-1.3 (1.24-1.28 likely good)
    MCH Reference….…….0.800V...........; <<< Leave
    MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V...........: <<< Leave
    ICH I/O……………….....1.550V............: <<< 1.55
    ICH Core…………...……1.100V............: <<< 1.1x-1.2
    
    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage ……....1.800V............: 2.0-2.1
    DRAM Termination .…0.900V............: <<< Leave
    Channel A Reference 0.900V............: <<< Leave
    Channel B Reference 0.900V............: <<< Leave
    
    Advanced Settings
    Limit CPUID Max. to 3.....................: [Disabled]
    No-Execute Memory Protect............: [Enabled]
    CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)................: [Disabled]
    C2/C2E State Support....................: [Disabled]
    x C4/C4E State Support..................: [Disabled]
    CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) ...........: [Enabled]
    CPU EIST Function.........................: [Disabled]
    Virtualization Technology................: [Disabled] Enabled if you use Vmware/Virtual PC
    
    Integrated Peripherals
    Legacy USB Storage Detect ..............[Disabled] *Note* Must be enabled to flash from USB

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    Smile Re: Q9550 EP45-DS4P unstable @ stock

    I have confirmed that the memory is faulty by testing my RAM in a colleague's machine and his RAM in my machine, thank you very much for your assistance though.

    Interestingly enough memtest86 never showed an issue, only IntelBurnTest, Prime or OCCT (both on RAM tests) showed a fault.

    Arc.

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    Default Re: Q9550 EP45-DS4P unstable @ stock

    How long did you memtest, was it the latest 2.11 and did you test this on both machines?

    Either way, Good luck on your ram RMA. I just wondered about the above is all

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    Default Re: Q9550 EP45-DS4P unstable @ stock

    I tested with memtest86+ 2.01 overnight (2.11 is now current, fixes a few bugs, perhaps ones that didn't allow my RAM problem to show up) and in different slot configurations, the full post is here EP45-DS4P + TWIN2x4096-6400C4DHX unstable in 3D - The Corsair Support Forums.

    IntelBurnTest showed the problem consistently every run (which only takes 10-15m vs overnight with memtest) OCCT Perestro´ka 2.0.1 also showed the error but only when I used RAM tests and Prime95 25.8 also showed the error on the large test, but took a loooong time to show up.

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